While staging and props were not a particular r focus of the lay in a visual sense, is known that extreme detail was dedicated to the gar meets and costumes worn by the actors. Just as the social gatherings of the Elizabethan era would suggest, the use Of clothing in is an obvious representative of social hierarchy; characters with the most social importance wore the most intricate garments, while those with little importance were clothed unprepossessing.
One thing to note about the e deification of clothing in the play, however, is that the quality of the clothing worn by the chi erecters does not directly correspond with the intellectual power of the characters wearing t hem. Prospers, the protagonist of the piece, is a perfect representation of the correspondence between attire and social hierarchy in the play. When analyze Eng Prospers, however, one cannot simply consider his magic cloak-?his outfit in entirety is the key to understanding why his clothing corresponds with power.
Prospers is seen thru ought the play with three items: a cloak, a staff, and his book of magic. There is no character throughout the play that possesses more items onstage than Prospers does. This abundance of notable personal items is the first hint that Prospers claims the most authority on the island. The most important attribute of the items, however, is the fact that all three correspond with magic. Prosperous magic is seen as the true foundation of his power and authority on the island.
In Act l, Scene 2, Prospers attempts to explain to his daughter why and how they came about living on the island. In doing so, Prospers removes his magic cloak and staff. He explains, ” Its time should inform thee further… Pluck my magic garment from me… Lie there, my art. Wipe thin eyes. Have comfort” (1. 2, 2325). Shakespeare emphasizes this re movable of clothing because as Prospers removes his magical items, he is adhering to the innocence, inferiority, and helplessness of the characters lacking these garments.
It is safe e to assume that even Miranda, Prosperous daughter, is subject to the hierarchy of these m glacial items, as Prospers needs to remove them in order to be completely honest with her ABA out the topic at hand. The threat of the removal of Prosperous magical clothing is constant through UT the play, as it acts as Scallion’s motivation throughout the final scenes of the play. While Prospers is the perfect representation of the association between clothing and power, Clinical is the perfect representation of a rebel against that claim.
In various representation s of the play, Clinical is portrayed as a monster. Even in productions which portray Clinical to be more womanlike exhibit him in little to no clothing, and even direct him to be hunch De over in a grotesque, menacing manner. Daniel Willow’s “The Monster Clinical” example fees an lifting description of Scallion’s character as a whole. Wilson explains Clinical as a “an tarsal brute”, one who displays a “dislike aptitude for attachment, a craving even for the m starship of some higher nature… ” (Wilson, 155). But what “monster” could see past Pros intimidating powers?
Clinical-?exceeding the expectations brought upon him by the barbarous attire he was given-?sees past appearance. What “domesticated d go’ could understand that “Without his [Prosperous] books, he is but a sot, As I am! ” (3. 2, 88). In this, Clinical understands that the root of Prosperous power is found in the material Is he dons. In order to strip Prospers of power, Clinical must first strip him of his magical co institutes. And thus, we see that Clinical does not completely identify with the clothing he is dressed in. Yes, his appearance represents the native/ ewer class, but covertly, his mind does not.
Even when contrasted with Stephan and Trillion, one look below the surface e of the plot reveals that Clinical is more intellectual than the two slightly improprieties De Italians who wear full garments. In the scenes leading up to the fourth act, Clinical behave s as nothing less than a slave to Stephan and Trillion. He imitates their actions and see ms to find solace in the idea that he is under their rule rather than that of Prospers. What really seems to be the case, however, is that Stephan and Trillion are the key to freeing Clinical of is slavery under Prospers, and Clinical is fully aware Of the fact.